Sailing News BUT NOT Hobart

10 Dec 2009                               If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE                 To respond to this email CLICK HERE

Major Events


OK, Back from Malaysia, lots happen, here is the news this NOT about the Hobart race.

Wind ready for 40th Contender World Championships
Rob Kothe,
It is fitting that this 40th World Championship is returning to its spiritual home as dinghy designer Bob Miller (later known as Ben Lexcen) designed the Contender in 1966 as a possible Olympic high performance single hander, to replace the Finn.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum: The Business of Yacht Racing Day 1
MaxComm Communication,
Day 1 of the World Yacht Racing Forum “Yacht Racing has a massive – yet largely unexploited potential”, say World Yacht Racing Forum speakers The commercial return of yacht racing sponsorship and the tools used to promote and evaluate the sport's commercial return were at the heart of today's debates at the World Yacht Racing Forum.... [more]
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Countdown on to start of ISAF Sailing World Cup Season Two
ISAF Media,
There are just four days to go until Sail Melbourne - the first leg of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup, and the impressive number of competitors is increasing daily... [more]
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Holt out to become first disabled yachtsman to cross the Atlantic
Harriet Courage,
On Thursday 10th December 2009 record-breaking disabled yachtsman Geoff Holt will be embark on a personal and emotive voyage to cross the Atlantic, returning to the scene of the accident that paralysed him 25 years ago.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Qingdao concentrates on straight line speed
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10: Over the last 24 hours on Qingdao those scheds have brought some kind of satisfaction to those on board. Skipper, Chris Stanmore-Major, reports, 'This morning all concentration is on straight line speed and our helms and trimmers have been working hard to hit our speed targets and to stay bang on course. So far so good, with Qingdao being the fastest boat in the fleet over the past... [more]
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Minoprio and Leroy lead
Newly crowned ISAF Match Racing World Champion Adam Minoprio of New Zealand maintains his hold on the top spot in the latest release of the Open ISAF World Match Race Rankings, as France's Claire Leroy extends her four and half year unbroken run at 1 in the Women's Rankings.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum, Edition 2: The Business of Yacht Racing
MaxComm Communication,
An mpressive turnout of over 350 delegates is expected at the second World Yacht Racing Forum tomorrow. Michel Desjoyeaux, Russell Coutts, Brad Butterworth, Tom Whidden, Juan Kouyoumdjian, Cam Lewis and Knut Frostad are amongst the event's headline speakers.... [more]
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Liz Wardley will be back soon for SolOceans Round-the-world
SolOceans News and,
At Port-La-ForĂȘt, the maritime expert Emmanuel Le Borgne - who was also Michel Desjoyaux's crew onboard Foncia during their victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2007 - and Jean-Marie Vaur (JMV Industries), builder of the SolOceans One-design series in Cherbourg, surveyed the boat. 'The small part that is damaged is a secondary structural element'... [more]
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Club Marine Series Heat 3
Mark D Welsh,
Ideal conditions for competitors in Heat 3 of the Club Marine Series on Saturday 5th December, with south-east to southerly winds of around 8-10kn and a clear sky.... [more]
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International 14 World Championship - The endless progression
Neil Patchett,
Defending champion Archie Massey may be British but he is taking on an Aussie tint for the upcoming CST Composites International 14 World Championship in Sydney. The I14 World event begins on 28 Dec with Teams Racing and then the World Championship Invitation Race on 3 January 2010 and Heats from 4-11 January out of Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club, Manly, Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show and Louis Vuitton Trophy to combine?
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland's Viaduct Harbour and America's Cup bases are slated for removal/relocation and replacement with events facilities designed to turn the Viaduct area into an outstanding marine events centre. The first stage of the redevelopment will get underway early next year and the first event in the new layout is scheduled to be the combined Auckland International Boat Show and Louis Vuitton Trophy... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds 2010 organizing Committee installed
Caroline Vogelzang,
The Organizing Committee has been officially installed for the 2010 IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds 2010, to be sailed from 6-14 July 2010 in Medemblik, The Netherlands. The Dutch organising committee has been officially installed by the International Association for Disabled Sailing by handing over the IFDS flag at the end of the IFDS Worlds 2009 in Athens in October to Jacques Kellermann Slotemaker... [more]
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2011-12 Global Ocean Race confirms tenth entry
Oliver Dewar,
Bahamas-based South African sailor Lenjohn van der Wel today confirmed his Team Entry in the 2011-12 Global Ocean Race. Van der Wel's Class40 is an Owen-Clarke designed Express 40, built for him in Cowes, Isle of Wight, in 2007.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team crews dominate at Sail Sydney
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team has dominated the 2009 Sail Sydney regatta, winning all classes that athletes were entered in. Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page took out the 470 men's class, putting the final touches to their Sail Melbourne preparation under the watchful eye of AST Head Coach Victor Kovalenko.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Farewell to the Southern Ocean
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10: 'Farewell to the Southern Ocean,' says skipper of Team Finland, Eero Lehtinen. Uniquely Singapore's tactical move to the north 48 hours ago would suggest they've already had a long, hard think about how they're going to approach the last major hurdle of this Southern Ocean leg.... [more]
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Marina Profile: Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia
Fiona Harper,
Arguably one of the most progressive yacht clubs on the Great Australian Bight, members and guests are now enjoying the new waterfront facilities at the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia.... [more]
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Sail Sydney Winners announced
Sail Sydney Media,
Sail Sydney. Expected light south-south-westerly winds did not eventuate on Sydney Harbour today, instead a lovely nor-easter, mirroring yesterday's conditions, eventually filled in. Former double world champion and Beijing Olympian Tom Slingsby's third in the shortened Laser series was enough for the overall win by three points over New Zealand's Sam Meech.... [more]
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Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to play lead in Q150 Proclamation Day
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron,
Thursday 10th December 2009 will mark 150 years since the historic reading in Brisbane of the Letters Patent. The Letters Patent was signed by Queen Victoria on 6 June 1859, proclaiming Queensland a separate colony to New South Wales.... [more]
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West Coast versus East Coast in Melbourne to Hobart
Peter Campbell,
Intense rivalry is building up between competitors in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's two races from Melbourne to Hobart in late December -... [more]
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Sydney's Aquatic Events 2009-2010 calendar now out
NSW Govenment Media,
Where to find the best vantage points for Sydney's New Years Eve celebrations and navigation restrictions for the start of the Sydney to Hobart race are among many handy tips contained in a free boating guide. The 28-page full-colour brochure, Sydney's Aquatic Events 2009-2010 – A Boating Guide, will be distributed free of charge by the State's boating safety authority, NSW Maritime... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Light winds affecting most of the fleet
Clipper Ventures Media,
Sour-tasting start to the day as Spirit of Australia has conditions serve up 'lemons for breakfast', Uniquely Singapore prepares to discover whether big tactical move is a winner, Teams ponder tactics for tackling high pressure system... [more]
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Sail Sydney Final Day: Racing postponed
Di Pearson,
Sail Sydney Final Day: The old familiar refrain of sailing 'Racing postponed,' due to unstable light to non-existent breeze on Sydney Harbour which is looking like a patch work quilt this morning with light lines of breeze crisscrossing the harbour and a lot of nothing in between.... [more]
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Sail Sydney Day 3: Light to start – fabulous to finish
Sail Sydney Media,
Due to unstable and at times non-existent breeze, Principal Race Officer Tony Denham held sailors ashore until a light north-westerly prevailed, the first classes getting away at 11.20am, instead of the planned 10.00am.... [more]
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Inaugural Perth 2011 ENP Regatta provided fast learning curves
Perth 2011 Media,
Olympic class sailors Serbian Dany Stanisic (Laser) and Colombian Nicolas Lozano (RS:X) are today a step closer to reaching the Olympics, after winning their events at the Inaugural Perth 2011 Emerging Nations Programme (ENP) Regatta on the weekend.... [more]
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Queensland Youth Sailors well served
Ian Grant,
Klaus Lorenz could very well be described as the come-back kid following his meritorious Optimist class victory in the Yachting Queensland Sail Brisbane regatta on Moreton Bay... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Team Finland regains the lead
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper 09-10 Team Finland has two reasons to celebrate today. 'Team Finland is now in tip top shape after a very busy night,' says watch leader Emil Vartiainen. The leg from South Africa to Western Australia is turning out to be one of the closest races of Clipper 09-10 so far, with only 120 miles separating the top seven yachts.... [more]
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